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Investor Voice May Rue Adoption Of Single Voting Standard

In yesterday’s post, I discussed why the Council of Institutional Investor’s blanket policy eschewing the counting of abstentions may be neither good nor legal. CII, however, isn’t the only proponent of not counting...more

I May Be Pettifogging, But I Have to Ask: Is It Time To Dump The Proxy And Give Shareholders A Ballot?

The proxy is the most misunderstood and mischaracterized of all instruments. For the record, a “proxy” is “a written authorization signed or an electronic transmission authorized by a shareholder or the shareholder’s...more

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more

Preparing for the 2014 Proxy Season - Process and Expectations

Annual Meeting Timeline: - Stockholder Proposals: ..Generally 120 days before the date on which the previous year’s proxy materials were mailed - Determine Proposal...more

"ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Updates; Opens Process for Peer Group Modification"

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released updates to its proxy voting policies effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. The changes to ISS’ U.S. voting...more

ISS Releases Policy Updates for 2014 Proxy Season and Commences Consultation Period for Longer Term Policy Initiatives

Introduction - Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has released updates to its benchmark proxy voting guidelines for the 2014 proxy season. The updates, which are effective for meetings held on or after...more

ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policies

On November 21, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. issued updates to its benchmark proxy voting policies for the U.S. The updated policies will be effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, 2014. The...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 21 • November 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - This week, the Oxford Dictionaries chose “selfie” as the word of the year. It beat out a number of other relatively new Internet and social-media related terms, including “bitcoin.” In...more

ISS Announces Key 2014 Draft Policy Updates

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), an influential proxy advisory firm, released three proposed updates to its Canadian proxy voting guidelines. The proposed updates relate to director overboarding,...more

"ISS Opens Comment Period for 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Changes"

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued draft policy changes for 2014 that, if adopted, would become effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. ISS is soliciting...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Seek Input on Disclosure Regarding the Representation of Women in Public Companies and the...

This summer, Canadian securities administrators issued two consultation papers with comments due this fall. The first initiative is an Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) staff consultation paper on proposed new public...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Pushes For Oddly Named “Universal Proxy Ballots”

In late July, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee issued a recommendation that the SEC ”explore relaxing the ‘bona fide nominee’ rule embodied in Rule 14a-4(d)(1) . . . to provide proxy contestants with the option (but not...more

SEC Order Against ISS

On May 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a Maryland-based proxy adviser, with failure to safeguard its advisory clients’ confidential proxy voting information. ...more

Doing Business in the U.S.

In This Issue: - Preface - Chapter 1 Choice Of A Business Entity - Chapter 2 Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - Chapter 3 From Let’S Go Shopping To Closing: U.S. M&A Process - Chapter 4...more

Court Invalidates Director Elections Due To Voting Instructions Provided By Telephone

In a recent decision,the Supreme Court of British Columbia set aside and declared invalid an annual general meeting of shareholders and the resolutions passed at the meeting following a proxy fight between management and...more

ESMA Recommends Proxy Advisor Code of Conduct

On February 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Feedback Statement on its March 2012 consultation on the role of the proxy advisory industry as service providers to institutional investors...more

ISS Governance QuickScore to Replace GRId System

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, has announced that it is replacing the Governance Risk Indicators (GRId) database, which was designed to...more

ISS Publishes Updated FAQs for its Proxy Voting Policies

On December 20, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published updated FAQs regarding its proxy voting policies and procedures. The updated FAQs address, among other things, ISS’ policies for evaluating executive...more

2013 U.S. Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures FAQ (Excluding Compensation-Related Questions)

The following issues are among those addressed in ISS' non-compensation-related FAQs... ...more

SEC's New Position on Voting Buttons Necessitates Changes to Online and Telephone Proxy Solicitation

The SEC recently informed service providers in the proxy distribution industry of a new interpretive position regarding the use of voting buttons. According to the new SEC staff position, service providers must present...more

Considerations for the 2013 Form 10-K and Annual Proxy Season

The upcoming 2013 proxy season will likely be impacted by new policies issued by proxy advisers, as well as shareholder activists taking advantage of previously adopted rules, rather than by recent legislative or rulemaking...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 4, 2013

In this issue: - CII Submits Rule 10b5-1 Rulemaking Petition to the SEC - ISS Publishes Updated FAQs for its Proxy Voting Policies - CFTC Issues Final Order on Cross-Border Swaps - CFTC Issues No-Action...more

Dealing with ISS and Other Proxy Advisory Firms this Proxy Season

Set forth below are summaries of key ISS and Glass Lewis policy updates that will take effect for the 2013 proxy season. ISS Policy Updates - Pay-for-Performance Evaluation - Revised Peer Group Methodology. ISS...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2013

In This Issue: - 2013 Annual Meeting Season - Dealing with ISS and Other Proxy Advisory Firms this Proxy Season - SEC Update - Other NYSE/NASDAQ Developments - Delaware Law Update — Delaware Court Applies...more

Public Company Priorities for the New Year

Looking ahead to 2013, directors, executives and general counsel of public companies can take some solace from the fact that 2012 was not a year in which a large number of significant new disclosure rules or governance...more

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